Kath Williams: The Unions and the Fight for Equal Pay

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The fight for equal pay,
1956 to 1959

In accordance with the resolutions of the 1956 ACTU March Conference on Equal Pay, the Labor Council of NSW was asked to sponsor a States-wide conference on equal pay. The Labor Council organised this National Equal Pay Conference, but at its Council Meeting following the conference, it refused to hear or accept the Conference Report because of its right-wing bias and opposition to the ACTU. The Council adopted the conference minutes at their August meeting. It would seem that the members of the Labor Council of NSW were insufficiently interested to hear the outcome of the National Conference on equal pay.

At the Federal Unions’ Conference 21 March 1956, Delegate Flo Davis, of the Hotel, Club & Restaurant Employees Union, said she regretted to report that there had been little activity by the Trades and Labor Council of NSW in the creation of an Equal Pay Committee, but it was hoped to do something in the way of radio broadcasts. Flo’s union initiated regular broadcasts on Station 2KY. Arrangements were made for the distribution of 40 000 leaflets, 1100 of which were sent to Brisbane.1 A request was made to the Labor Council for an urgent deputation to the Premier of NSW and unions were to be asked to participate in the radio broadcasts. The Teachers’ Federation was to contact Melbourne direct for 10 000 copies of the Equal

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